Power can be defined in multiple ways, but in international relations power refers to the once ability to influence the behaviour of others. Therefore, power is regarded as very important factor in international politics.

However, developments of nuclear weapons, international organisations and technological advancements has changed the discourse of acquiring power, as war is not the ultimate or final solution therefore, power in the shape of soft power through establishing trade and cooperation is considered highly important.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three day visit to the US. Bilateral relations between the two countries have strengthened over a couple of years. United States and India have agreed to enhance their cooperation in the areas such as trade, technology, nuclear energy, climate, security and terrorism. India has emerged as reliable partner for US against China in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, Indo-US partnership is likely to counter Pak-China strategic partnership in the region.

This visit is highly important as for as Pakistan’s relations with US are concerned. After the death of Talban commander mullah Akhter Mansour in drone attacks mistrust between the two countries continues. However, Modi is using his cards at the right time to get closer towards United States by raising slogans of largest democracy, fight against terrorism and promoting world peace in order to convey the message to the world that India shares the similar interests with United States.

Therefore, United States has to ensure that its relationship with India must not harm its ties with Pakistan. Similarly, these nuclear energy waivers and support for India will ultimately lead towards an arms race in the region.

SABA SAHAR,

Lahore, June 8.